It was another exciting weekend in the top flight as we take a look at the three highlights from Matchday Five. Milan won in Madonnina derby Against Inter, Juventus looked faceless again, while Sassuolo were no longer a shadow of their former selves.
Here are the three talking points.
Leao Shows Player of the Year award last season was not a fluke
It’s been coming for a long time. Rafael Liao entered on Saturday Madonnina derby He is looking for his first ever goal against Inter.
Not only broke the duck scoring against Nerazzurri. He got a double to lead Milan to a 3-2 morale win in the famous derby.
In doing so, the 23-year-old rising star became the first Portuguese player to score in the Milan derby. But it goes far beyond the history books.
Repeatedly making Inter’s defenders look silly throughout the evening, Leao pulled all the strings into Milan’s attack to underscore why he is considered the best player in Serie A.
The former Lille wing drew for the first time Rossoneri The level by a brilliant finish with his weaker left foot before helping Olivier Giroud to complete the return of the hosts.
He then put the icing on the cake, making light work of Alessandro Bastoni and Stéphane de Vrij before slotting the ball past Samir Handanovic with his casual finishing touch.
Is Massimiliano Allegri is the right man for Juventus?
After finishing fourth in a row in Serie A, Juventus headed to the new Serie A campaign with high ambitions, eager to reclaim their place as the main champions of the Scudetto.
Despite being undefeated in his first five league matches (W2, D3), the record-breaking Italian champions were flattered by the bluff, with Bianconeri Fans demand Massimiliano Allegri’s head on a silver platter.
Indeed, Juventus look like a club on the creek without a paddle, clueless in the offensive third and struggling to maintain possession, without an identity or a precise game plan.
Allegri’s side drew 1-1 with hosts Fiorentina on Saturday, but it was a very embarrassing performance from the former champions.
Mattia Perin denied Luka Jovic’s penalty kick to save a point for the visitors, who only attempted four shots on goal and only one goal, a goal that Arkadiusz Milik scored in the ninth minute.
Instead of looking for a winner in the second half, Allegri withdrew his forces, allowing Fiorentina to take possession and creating several decent scoring opportunities.
Perin was a hero at Stadio Artemio Franchi as Juve snagged an undeserved point, sparking outrage among the desperate Turin faithful.
Allegri’s defensive-minded ball continues to backfire on his part, but he appears unwilling to change his approach, which naturally raises the question – is he the right man for Juventus?
Sassuolo from “Party Boys” to “Entertainment Killers”
For years, Sassuolo has been one of the most exciting teams to watch in Serie A. However, several notable departures from Mapei over the past 12 months have made a huge impact.
After Francesco Caputo and Jeremy Buga, Giacomo Raspadori and Gianluca Scamaca left Niroverdi this summer. The star duo’s exit led to coach Alessio Dionissi’s injury to the bone.
Without the acknowledged strikers, Sassuolo saw a faltering start to the season. In addition to winning just one of their opening five Serie A matches (D3, L1), Dionesey’s men have drawn three times.
Although they could be forgiven for their failure to score against Juventus and Milan, the recent goalless draw at newly promoted Cremonese did not go unnoticed.
A season or two ago, Sassuolo would have scored at least two goals against newcomers in Serie A. But a lack of firepower in attack put a weak Dionysian side off the score.
Alarm bells are ringing loudly in Mabe these days. Unfortunately, there seems to be little Dionysi can do to alter Sassuolo’s fortunes for the foreseeable future.